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Cloud Computing Patent Litigation Trends – Competitor Cases, Open Source Targets, Cloud Customers

Since launching Cloud IPQ last year, we have focused on the intersection of cloud computing and intellectual property with a particular emphasis on the increasing number of patent lawsuits filed against cloud computing...more

How to secure the right type of IP protection for wearable-technology products

by Hogan Lovells on

From wristbands that count your steps, to skin patches that measure your sun exposure, a wide range of products are entering the wearable-technology market and raising new questions about intellectual property (IP) claims and...more

How Will Smart Devices Impact IP Litigation?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Patent filings reveal the untapped potential of Google and Amazon smart devices Big companies have been filing patent applications on smart devices for many years.  While it is unlikely that old patents can be stretched to...more

For Fate Of IPR Use, We Can Look To Dr. Seuss

My first presentation about the creation of inter partes review was to a group of Stanford students in 2011. In that presentation, to the amusement of the class, I analogized IPRs to Dr. Seuss’ classic 1961 children’s book...more

Legal Perspective: TC Heartland: Patent trolls lose Texas court venue advantage

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As a patent owner, deciding where to sue an alleged infringer is a matter of major strategic importance. Federal law mandates that all patent infringement cases be filed in federal court. There are 94 different federal...more

Attorneys’ Fees and Exceptionality: Two Perspectives from Recent Cases

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Memorandum Opinion and Order Denying Attorneys’ Fees Award, Effective Exploration, LLC v. Bluestone Natural Resources II, LLC, No. 2:16-cv-00607-JRG-RSP, E.D. Tex. (January 18, 2018) (Judge Roy S. Payne). ...more

Hogan Lovells: ITC Section 337 Quarterly Highlights

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Will the 100 Day single issue program live up to its promise? When the ITC first ordered a Judge to take evidence on a single issue to determine if the issue was case dispositive, the year was 2013. After the order, the...more

Can an Industry Group Appeal an Unfavorable IPR Decision?

by WilmerHale on

Patent owners, both those practicing their invention and nonpracticing entities (NPEs), often approach companies they believe are infringing their patent rights. The patent owners threaten lawsuits if the companies do not...more

Enforcing Patents in Brazil: An Injunction Paradise?

In the Americas, Brazil is the second largest country in both GDP and population, and the third in territorial extension. Although the amount of patent litigation in Brazil is rather small in comparison to the U.S., patent...more

Patent Invalidation Paves the Way for Automated Fare Collection Systems

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Next generation automated fare collection systems (AFC) typically characterized by open architecture designs, open payment approaches, and contactless card readers, are being installed in an increasing number of public...more

Emerging issues in the connected cars and autonomous vehicles market are influencing standard-essential patents and IP...

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hogan Lovells partner Celine Jimenez Crowson addresses the relationship between standard-essential patents (SEPs) and the connectivity technologies used in connected and autonomous vehicles...more

Hatch Hints At Changes To Patent Law

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

A Look Forward on Patent Reform, Senator Orrin Hatch, October 2, 2017 - Patent law reform legislation reminds us of a horror movie zombie: it’s never truly dead. A recent post from Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is the latest...more

GEMSA’s Patent Onslaught Against Cloud Computing Customers

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd. (“GEMSA”), a foreign non-practicing entity (“NPE”) organized under the laws of Australia, filed almost 40 patent lawsuits in five batches in 2015 and 2016. The majority of these...more

Cloud Computing: A New Target for Uniloc

As Cloud IPQ will continue to demonstrate, a growing but often overlooked trend of NPE patent litigations against cloud computing providers and users has emerged in recent years. While many NPEs target big technology...more

Cloud Printing Companies in a Jam, Face Battle with Patent Trolls

Since 2013, Charles C. Freeny III, Bryan E. Freeny, and James P. Freeny (“the Freenys”) have filed more than 50 patent infringement cases, all in the Eastern District of Texas, against a variety of technology companies who...more

Sling TV Sued on Use of H.264 Standard in Streaming Media Services

While much of the attention on NPE patent litigation centers on the big technology players like Google and Apple, literally hundreds of other technology companies face these lawsuits, and more and more of that litigation...more

Protecting Against Patent Trolls

by Morgan Lewis on

Companies that hold patents so that they can sue companies in an effort to generate revenue rather than create their own goods and services—also known as “patent trolls,” nonpracticing entities (NPEs), or patent assertion...more

Intellectual Property Legislation Update: The Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This past June, a group of U.S. Senators introduced the first patent-focused piece of legislation of the 115th Congress: the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, which proposes a myriad of changes to the United States patent system....more

TC Heartland: The End of an Era in Patent Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Monday, May 22, the Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, overruling the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), and...more

Back to the Future: Supreme Court Narrows Patent Venue in TC Heartland Case and Returns Dispute to State of Incorporation or Where...

by Williams Mullen on

The Supreme Court on Monday substantially narrowed the district court venues available to patent owners seeking to sue for infringement. In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Decision Limits Venue Statute in Patent Litigation

by Lathrop Gage on

On May 22, 2017, in a highly-anticipated decision that could dramatically alter the landscape of patent litigation, the United States Supreme Court held that the “resides” prong of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C....more

The Supreme Court Narrows Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Cases Against Domestic Companies in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food...

On May 22, 2017, the US Supreme Court unanimously rejected prior case law allowing patent holders to rely on the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1391(c), to file suit where a domestic defendant makes sales. TC Heartland,...more

SCOTUS Messed with Texas: Supreme Court Limits Venue in Patent Cases

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court re-defined the scope of venue in patent cases in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017). Under the Supreme Court’s ruling, venue in patent cases will now be...more

BREAKING: High Court Limits Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Supreme Court just shook up the patent world with its decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. For nearly 30 years, companies accused of patent infringement could be sued in nearly any place they...more

U.S. Supreme Court Halts Forum Shopping In Patent Infringement Cases

On May 22, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important and long-awaited Opinion in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, a case that centered on where a patent infringement suit can be filed. In a resounding 8-0...more

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